pro·​gram·​ming | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ, -grə-\
variants: or less commonly programing

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.

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And last night, the organization teamed up with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) to up the game on their HIV / AIDS programming. Vogue, "Acria’s Annual Holiday Dinner Brings Out Sasha Velour and Stephanie’s Child," 14 Dec. 2018 Beginning in earnest with the launch of House of Cards in February 2013, Netflix soon began producing its own original programming. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming," 11 Dec. 2018 Volunteer support is essential to maintaining their programming, which reaches millions of athletes in more than 160 countries. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 And, as announced last August, Disney will pull all its programming from Netflix next year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google and Amazon respond to their employees’ concerns," 9 Nov. 2018 Several popular other actors are also set to stop by and spill behind-the-scenes movie details before the station wraps up its programming on December 29. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Is Launching a Christmas Radio Station So You Can Start Singing Holiday Songs ASAP," 24 Oct. 2018 Its programming is limited, capable of conversation and technical support but not much else, at least for now. Christian Davenport,, "SpaceX sends AI robot named CIMON to the International Space Station," 29 June 2018 Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage FOX’s extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Who Is The Best World Champion Right Now?," 27 June 2018 Is this a concept that Ford put in their programming to ensure their survival?, "Westworld Season 2 Finale Recap: A Whole Lotta Ben Barnes," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of programming

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of programming

: the act or job of creating computer programs

: a schedule of television or radio broadcasts

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